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How to Have a Career as a Fashion Buyer

Want to be competitive in the world of fashion buying? Follow these steps to make yourself a top candidate.


  • Step 1: Enroll in a fashion merchandising program at an art school or college.
  • TIP: Look for a program that includes courses in accounting, marketing, management, textiles, and design.
  • Step 2: Get an internship at a boutique or department store. You'll gain first-hand experience.
  • TIP: Serve multiple internships to gain experience.
  • Step 3: Maintain good relationships with instructors, fellow students, and internship contacts.
  • Step 4: Prepare an organized, error-free, up-to-date resume. Use a sophisticated font and design, and include references.
  • TIP: Ask before using someone as a reference.
  • Step 5: Apply for positions and highlight your qualifications and experience in interviews. Dress to show your fashion sense, but keep your look professional
  • Step 6: Take a lower-level position in retail to start. Many fashion buyers work their way up from sales. Your education and internship experience will make you a prime candidate for promotion.
  • FACT: Did you know? The skirt is one of the oldest types of clothing.

You Will Need

  • Formal education
  • An eye for fashion
  • An interest in sales
  • marketing
  • and consumer trends

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